A West Hempstead man was texting while driving before fatally crashing into a tree just before 10 p.m. Thursday in Garden City, Nassau County Homicide Squad detectives report.
Michele Guglielmi, 59, of West Hempstead was operating a 1998 Volvo eastbound on Stewart Avenue when he crossed into the westbound lanes striking a tree on the north side of the road, east of Kildare Road, according to a police report.
During the investigation it was determined that the victim had been texting on his cell phone just prior to the accident, police said.
Garden City police were first on scene and attended to the victim, who was transported via county ambulance to Winthrop-University Hospital. Mr. Guglielmi was pronounced deceased at 10:23 p.m. by a staff physician.
The vehicle was impounded for brake and safety checks. Garden City and Nassau County detectives are continuing the investigation.